EL SALVADOR: ‘ Gang Culture Changing To Protect And Serve ‘

#AceNewsServices – EL SALVADOR (Ilopango) – September 07 – Marvin Gonzalez waves to shopkeepers as he enjoys a morning walk through the sunny, working-class resort of Ilopango.

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His cellphone rings non-stop with residents seeking his support for anything from dealing with a drunk who won’t pay his bar bill to reporting an attempted rape. Gonzalez is not a police chief, nor a politician.

The 31-year-old plug of a man is the local leader of the Mara Salvatrucha, a gang formed by Central American immigrants in California and now designated by the U.S. as a transnational criminal organization.

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